mail-in voting

The Election Is Already Under Way in America’s Courts

Although the election is not technically until November 3, election season is already well under way—most significantly in the dozens of election-litigation cases that are determining how people can vote, whether they can vote, and whether their votes will be counted. In the many cases…

A Dangerous Moment for the Court

The Supreme Court seems strangely immune to the bitterness that plagues our politics. Even now, when Americans can no longer agree on basic facts, the Court’s relative popularity has endured. Following Donald Trump’s 2016 election, the Court has what may be its most conservative majority…

The Coming Crisis of Legitimacy

In normal times, it would seem outlandish to worry that an American president might refuse to concede defeat upon losing his bid for reelection. This year it is not. Even though he won in 2016, Donald Trump falsely claimed that he was the victim of…

Colorado Seeks to Block USPS Voting Mailer It Says Is Misleading State’s Voters

WASHINGTON—Colorado on Saturday sued the U.S. Postal Service and its postmaster general, Louis DeJoy, seeking to prevent the mailing of official notices to all Colorado residents that the state says contains false and misleading statements to Colorado voters about what they need to do to…

Appeals Court Denies Texas Democrats Bid to Expand Mail-In Voting

A federal appeals court has denied Texas Democrats’ effort to expand mail-in voting in the state amid the pandemic. The Texas Democrats brought the lawsuit against the state’s Republican leadership, arguing that Texas’ law that restricted no-excuse mail-in voting for any person ages at least…

The Deadline That Could Hand Trump the Election

Many Americans know that counting all of the votes in this November’s presidential election is going to take extra time. Few people realize there’s a specific deadline by which states must finish. The 1887 Electoral Count Act seems like an obscure piece of political trivia.…

The Terrifying Inadequacy of American Election Law

Merely voting and counting the votes in this year’s election will be an extraordinary challenge. The country faces the worst public-health crisis in a century, a potentially severe shortage of poll workers, mail-in voting on an unprecedented scale, mounting functional problems at the U.S. Postal…

Michigan Will Take as Long as a Week to Count Mail-in Ballots, Top Official Says

Michigan will take as long as a week after Nov. 3 to tally the votes for the general election since the state’s rules prohibit officials from processing mailed absentee ballots before Election Day, according to Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. “We should be prepared…

Donald Trump Is Attacking Politics Itself

After a caravan of Donald Trump’s supporters descended on Portland, Oregon, this weekend, aching to grapple, he praised them as “great patriots.” In cheering them on, Trump is pointing them, and others like them, toward a specific target. What he seeks to eliminate is politics…

‘We Have Seen Very, Very Little Fraud’

President Donald Trump has spent months trying to convince Americans that universal mail-in voting would be a disaster for democracy. It is “dangerous,” he says, potentially “catastrophic”—an “embarrassment” that would “make our country the laughingstock of the world.” Just this week, in his speech kicking…

The U.S. Is Facing the Possibility of a Truly Illegitimate Election

On Election Day, 1888, approximately one hour after the last vote was cast, four masked men burst into a polling place in Plumerville, Arkansas. Waving pistols and shouting threats, they forced election officials against a wall, seized the ballot box, and disappeared on horseback into…

Kevin Costner: Trump ‘Spits on 200 Years of Freedom’

“Yellow Stone” and “The Postman” star Kevin Costner has declared President Donald Trump a “criminal” over his refusal to provide additional billions in funding to the United States Postal Service (USPS). 0…

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